saturniid moth

saturniid moth
large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
Syn: ↑saturniid
Hypernyms: ↑moth
Member Holonyms: ↑Saturniidae, ↑family Saturniidae

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  • saturniid moth — or giant silkworm moth Any of some 800 moth species of the principally tropical family Saturniidae. Adults have a stout, hairy body and broad wings, often vividly coloured and patterned. Most species have a central eyespot on each wing. Among the …   Universalium

  • moth — /mawth, moth/, n., pl. moths /mawdhz, modhz, mawths, moths/. 1. any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from the butterflies by having feathery antennae and by having crepuscular or nocturnal habits. 2. See… …   Universalium

  • saturniid — noun Etymology: New Latin Saturniidae, from Saturnia, genus of moths, from Latin, daughter of the god Saturn Date: circa 1909 any of a family (Saturniidae) of usually large stout strong winged moths (as a luna moth or a cecropia moth) with hairy… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • saturniid — noun /səˈtɚ.ni.ɪd/ Any moth of the family Saturniidae …   Wiktionary

  • saturniid — [sə tə:nɪɪd] noun Entomology a moth of a family (Saturniidae) which includes the emperor moths and the giant Indian silk moths. Origin C19: from mod. L. Saturniidae, from the genus name Saturnia …   English new terms dictionary

  • saturniid — n. any large moth of the family Saturniidae, including emperor moths. Etymology: mod.L …   Useful english dictionary

  • imperial moth — noun large American moth having yellow wings with purplish or brownish markings; larvae feed on e.g. maple and pine trees • Syn: ↑Eacles imperialis • Hypernyms: ↑saturniid, ↑saturniid moth • Member Holonyms: ↑Eacles, ↑genus Eacles …   Useful english dictionary

  • silkworm moth — noun 1. moderate sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk • Syn: ↑bombycid, ↑bombycid moth • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Hyponyms: ↑domestic silkworm moth, ↑domesticated silkworm moth, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cecropia moth — noun North American silkworm moth; larvae feed on the leaves of forest trees • Syn: ↑cecropia, ↑Hyalophora cecropia • Hypernyms: ↑saturniid, ↑saturniid moth * * * “ noun also …   Useful english dictionary

  • giant silkworm moth — noun any silkworm moth of the family Saturniidae • Syn: ↑silkworm moth • Hypernyms: ↑saturniid, ↑saturniid moth • Hyponyms: ↑cynthia moth, ↑Samia cynthia, ↑Samia walkeri …   Useful english dictionary

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